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Unread 03-06-2014, 01:46 PM   #1
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Marine Speakers

Do y'all have any experience of using non-marine speakers in your jeeps?

I am thinking of purchasing some cheap Wakeboard Speaker cans, the kind that have ring mounts, and replacing the crappy speakers in them with some polk's that are not marine rated. Then mounting on the cross beam of the roll cage directly behind the driver and passenger's heads.

Do you think that as long as they are angled slightly down and I don't submerge the thing up to the roll cage they will be fine? I plan on keeping the top off all spring and summer and the inside is going to eventually get rained on at some point.

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Unread 03-06-2014, 02:21 PM   #2
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Even marine speakers are not designed to be submerged in water, they only have plastic speaker cones to resist water.
They are just designed to survive a little water splashed on them.
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I have a set of Pyle marine speakers and a marine radio in the dash. The speakers are mounted in those plastic pods. They sound OK but not great. They have withstood splashing OK but I wouldnt take it top off through the carwash

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I have Kicker 6x9s on my rear fender wells. I try to put grocery bags over them when it rains but they have survived for about 2 years now. If you run a bikini top I'm sure they will be fine.
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I got Sony Explodes, They are OK sounding but they are cheep, have plastic cones in them and have been rained on & even snowed on during deer season and still work fine after 2 years.
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Unread 03-06-2014, 03:29 PM   #6
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Ok cool. I'm not "planning" on them getting soaked, just wasn't sure if a normal speaker was going to immediately implode if it got splashed on. I think i'm going to go with this set up then. Thanks!
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Unread 03-06-2014, 03:50 PM   #7
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I bought some cheap 6.5 speakers on ebay for less than $25.00 a pair and a Kenwood AM/FM/CD for less than $55.00 brand new .
It sounds great and if it gets ruined I am not out too much money.
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I have a set of Pyle marine speakers and a marine radio in the dash. The speakers are mounted in those plastic pods. They sound OK but not great. They have withstood splashing OK but I wouldnt take it top off through the carwash

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I'm amazed you managed to fit that in the pod.. did you take the plastic off the magnet? I had gotten the same set for my pods but ended up getting some cheap 6x9s for $20 from autozone when they wouldn't fit.
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I have polks up front and some 6x9s that came in the speaker wedges for the rear. Sounds great except lacks hard hitting bass. But you cant expect much in a topless vehicle.

Mine have been caked with mud, sat through rain and then directly hosed off and have been fine for a few years now
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I have to ask, why are you even bothering asking about non marine speakers ?

Since your going to buy them simply buy marine.

It`s not that hard.
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A lot of times it's the moisture that kills them rather than direct water. Non marine speakers for the most part are using a paper cone (Obviously some variations on the materials) which over time can degrade from absorbing and sweating moisture out. Further, marine speakers metal components are tin coated to prevent corrosion. Up by me, frequent splashes+salt air= non marine speakers not lasting very long.
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Unread 03-07-2014, 10:12 AM   #12
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I have to ask, why are you even bothering asking about non marine speakers ?

Since your going to buy them simply buy marine.

It`s not that hard.
I'm trying not to use marine speakers. A good set of the wakeboard cans cost ~$300 I have a hookup on some new non-marine polk audio equipment, 4x6" 6.5" deck and amp for about 65% off.

I'll go with it and should all work out. Also, after searching around the google, I've decided to make some of the DIY wakeboard speaker cans out of PVC pipe. They look pretty dang good for how cheap they are. It looks like a lot of guys use them in their Razr's

http://www.rzrforums.net/lighting-st...pods-pics.html
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I have a sound bar above the passenger and driver, with a bikini top on its rained a few times and the speakers stay nice and dry up there. They've been working fine for three years now and they are just regular old kenwoods
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I'm amazed you managed to fit that in the pod.. did you take the plastic off the magnet? I had gotten the same set for my pods but ended up getting some cheap 6x9s for $20 from autozone when they wouldn't fit.
I had to shim them out about 3/4" with a round shim made out of black high density closed cell foam rubber so the mags would clear. The foam is between the pod and the mounting flange of the speaker.
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I had to shim them out about 3/4" with a round shim made out of black high density closed cell foam rubber so the mags would clear. The foam is between the pod and the mounting flange of the speaker.
Makes sense, I'll keep that in mind in case my cheap ones don't hold up well.
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